Electric Cars

  • BMW ActiveE Concept charging port

    No sooner do I discuss University of Illinois researchers who have created 3D antennas for mobile phones using nanotechnology than another group of researchers at the University of Illinois (this time at Urbana-Champaign) have developed 3D material for batteries that combines the qualities of supercapacitors with those of batteries and could change the entire battery paradigm. Professor Paul Braun and his colleagues just published in the March 20th edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology their results that showed ultra fast charge and discharge rates by "using cathodes made from a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant
    Chevy Volt Outsells Nissan Leaf Again: March Electric Car Sales

    The 2011 Chevy Volt continues to outsell the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but during March, the Japanese battery electric car at last started to move noticeable numbers of cars--almost five times as many as it sold in February. The two major-manufacturer plug-ins currently on the market sold a total of 906...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Top Gear Producer Says Tesla's Libel Suit Is Bogus

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla says BBC TV show Top Gear falsely stated that the Tesla Roadster could only travel 55 miles before needing to recharge, according to Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. Wilman said the team behind Top Gear, a show that touts the latest and greatest cars...

  • Tesla Model S workshop - wiring is installed in VIN # 13, a crash-test vehicle
    2012 Tesla Model S Prototype Workshop: Photo Gallery

    Some of the loudest of the skepticism over Tesla's plans to design and build an all-electric luxury sports sedan have died down after the company showed an all-aluminum body-in-white at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Even Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda checked it out. Tesla is continuing its campaign to...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    VIDEO: Will Electric Cars Like The Chevy Volt Save You Money?

    The problem with shooting video is that there's always one thing you forget to say until the camera's gone. Especially if it's low-budget and done on the fly. That's when the onscreen talent tends to forget to qualify some of the things they say. Like, for instance, this discussion of the unlikely...

  • 2011 Kia Naimo Concept
    Kia Reveals Naimo Electric Crossover Concept, Announces Real-World Tests

    Kia has taken the wraps off its third electrified concept car in the space of a year (the previous being the Pop and Ray), strongly suggesting that we’re at the start of what could eventuate into an electric car revolution within the South Korean automaker. The latest concept is the 2011 Kia...

  • Shell Hydrogen Station in Reykjavik Iceland

    It's been a rough couple of years for cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. As the drums beat louder for electric cars--the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan's upcoming EV, and more--the hydrogen chorus is waning. But perhaps there's hope. And perhaps it's as close as your nearest urinal. Or, more politely, your local sewage treatment facility. Let us explain. One of the problems with hydrogen is that while it's prolific in nature, hydrogen molecules aren't floating around loose. It takes a lot of energy to split hydrogen out from the other atoms to which it binds, either in natural gas or water...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    Electric Car Tax for Washington Gets One Step Closer to Law

    If you’re a regular reader of AllCarsElectric then you’ll know that electric cars are much cheaper to run than gasoline cars once you’ve actually purchased them, but electric cars in Washington state are just about to get a little more expensive to run thanks to a proposed law...

  • 2011 Audi A5 e-tron quattro hybrid prototype
    New A5 e-tron quattro Plug-In Packs Audi’s Latest Hybrid Tech

    Audi has taken the wraps off a sophisticated plug-in hybrid prototype that combines a number of leading green car technologies all in a single platform. Utilizing the shell of the luxurious A5 Coupe, Audi’s new A5 e-tron quattro prototype not only features a conventional power-split hybrid...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Tesla Sues Top Gear For Libel Against All-Electric Roadster

    About two years ago BBC’s Top Gear aired a test drive of the then relatively new Tesla Roadster. While this was seen as a major boon for Tesla, the light shone on its all-electric sports car by the popular show was somewhat less than flattering. In fact, it was rather downbeat. What makes the...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Can Think Really Sell Enough $41,000 City Electric Cars In U.S.?

    Electric cars are much on the minds of green buyers these days, despite limited supplies of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. But there's also a second tier of suppliers, beyond the major carmakers, that also offers or plans to offer buyers their own plug-in electric vehicles. One such...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station
    New Zealand's First Free Public Charging Point Installed

    Despite New Zealand's clean-and-green image internationally, it's a country which has been trailing behind when it comes to electric vehicles, with almost every all-electric vehicle on the nation's roads being a home conversion. The price of New Zealand's gasoline has now reached $6.12 per gallon...

  • Eiffel Tower and green cars

    When looked at in pure dollars and cents, there are many cases in which electric cars don't yet provide a payback. But other forces will boost their chances of adoption beyond pure payback. And government regulations are one of those forces. On Monday, the European Commission will issue a road map on transport from now until 2050. According to one source, it includes a goal for all European city cores to become zero-emissions zones by 2050 or sooner. It's part of a much broader collection of measures to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions throughout the transport sector by 60 percent over 2010...

  • Better Place battery-swap demonstration
    Better Place: First Battery Swap Station, Profit In 2 Years?

    Better Place, the ambitious program that's launching its electric-car service in Israel, opened its first battery-swap station there on Wednesday. At an event marking the opening, CEO Shai Agassi said the company would be profitable within two years of starting to provide mobility services to its...

  • Volvo C30 Electric
    Volvo C30 Electric: For Lease, At More Than $2,000 Per Month?

    Would you pay more than two grand a month to drive an electric Volvo? Apparently, the automaker thinks that there are at least a few people or businesses that will. Volvo Cars Special Vehicles president Lennart Stegland said that Volvo plans to offer the C30 Electric for lease—at a price of...

  • Advanced Battery Pack
    Batteries For Electric Cars Have Barely Begun To Get Better

    Do you remember the shoe sized cell phones of the early 90s? Much of that size was due to the battery. Even with that large battery, you were lucky to get 30 minutes of talk time. Battery tech has made slow and steady progress since then and has been doing so for the last 40 years. There were...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Leave Your 2011 Chevy Volt On Overnight? Not Much Bad Happens

    You don't start the engine in a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Instead, you "power up" the car by pressing a button with the universal computer power symbol on it. Once the Volt has gone through its bootup routine, complete with tones and chimes, the button glows blue and you're ready to roll on electric...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

    Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm. Volt, right? Think about it Yes, but you've missed out on one--in both categories. It's the Think City, which is now being...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010

    For those who travel very short distances, the Toyota Prius Plug-In could almost be thought of as an electric car. With a battery pack that's about 5 kW-hr—many times that of the standard Prius—it can, within reason travel at highway speeds on electric power alone, or up to 14 miles or so as an EV. Not quite, actually, but almost. First, you only have an EV as long as you're willing to watch the dash displays and not press on the accelerator too hard; and second, even if you're really careful about driving style, and even if you have the Plug-In switched to Eco Mode, the gasoline...

  • Revenge Of The Electric Car
    (VIDEO) Film Premiere, Earth Day: Electric Car Gets Revenge in New York

    It was the film that many electric car advocates cite as the reason they drive electric, but now electric car “who done it?” documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? has a sequel: Revenge of the Electric Car. And as the film’s director Chris Paine tells us on the ROTEC website...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    2011 Chevrolet Volt Drive Review: Five Things We Don't Like

    Some things about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt we liked, and there were a few that puzzled us. But GM's innovative range-extended electric car also has its share of annoyances. We found several features irritating, or (to be more diplomatic) perhaps not-quite-entirely-thought-through yet. That's...

  • Nissan LEAFs arrive in the U.K.
    Will $4-a-gallon gas ignite an electric-vehicle frenzy?

    As gas prices rise, electric cars look better and better. But any chances manufacturers had the last time gas hit $4 a gallon were extinguished thanks to the 2008 recession, which made electric vehicles’ high upfront costs unpalatable. Now it looks like they’ll have a second chance to...

  • Aptera 2e production intent vehicle
    What Ever Happened To...? 5 Electric Cars We Should Have by Now

    Nissan may have got heat recently for its long, drawn out and significantly delayed rollout of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but it isn’t the only company struggling to fulfil its own sales figures for 2011. Over the past two years there have been a whole barrage of cars which were promised to the...

  • Bluecar EV
    Pininfarina Signs Deal For Production Of Bluecar Electric Vehicle

    The last we heard of Pininfarina and its Bluecar electric vehicle was that the company was looking to start production but a lack of financial support meant the project was never able to pass the concept stage. That was almost two years ago, however. Fast forward to today and we have news that...

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